Physical Activity Coaching
Struggling to fit movement into your day? Need exercise ideas? Want help getting started? Recreation is here for you! Speak with a student peer about how to get started, keep going or spice up your exercise routine.
Online coaching sessions will be 30 minutes set in a time that fits into your day. Coaching sessions help to break down barriers, set goals and suggest ways to fit activity into your schedule. Sessions are free and open to all of our UBC community.
Move UBC is a university-wide annual initiative to increase physical activity and reduce the time students, staff, faculty and the UBC community spend sitting. Small changes can add up to big impacts—moving more and sitting less can improve both mental and physical health, impact academic and professional success, and contribute to wellbeing in meaningful ways.
Why Get Active
Regular movement and physical activity contributes to our overall wellbeing. Regular physical activity boosts your physical health, your mental and emotional health and your social health.
Benefits of physical activity:
- Reduces sensitivity to stress, anxiety and depression
- Improves learning and mental performance
- Fosters self-acceptance
- Improves sleep quality
- Strengthens muscles and bones
- Increases energy levels
- Improves social wellbeing
- Helps to maintain a healthy body weight
- Positive way to spend time with friends and family
- Great way to have fun!
How to Get Active
How to integrate activity into your day
Choose activities you enjoy
Try different activities until you find the one that is right for you.
Schedule your exercise
Treat it like an appointment and write it down in your calendar.
Make it social
Making plans with a friend can keep you more accountable.
Use Active Transportation
Walk, bike or run instead of using transit or a car.
Join a team
Set realistic goals
Consider how active you are and set yourself up for success.
Barriers to fitness and solutions
Try identifying three 30 minute time slots in your calendar. Book them off for physical activity.
No one to go with
Develop new friendships with physically active people. Join a club!
So tired after school/work
Schedule physical activity when you feel most energetic.
Too much on the To-Do list
Plan ahead – make an appointment on the calendar and keep the appointment with yourself.